The Center has been a key partner of West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) for over 40 years, providing performing arts instruction and supporting positive school climate and culture, in order to improve the well-being and overall success of 28,000 students in the district. Our work in these schools is testimony to how the arts have served as a means of healing for students and teachers. As a trusted long-term partner in more than 13 schools, we are in close collaboration with teachers, site leaders, and decision makers in the district, with the goal of supporting their long term goals in the performing arts.
We provide cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary classes in both in school and in after school programs, partnering with WCCUSD’s Office of African American Student Achievement, Expanded Learning Program, Visual and Performing Arts Department, and individual school sites. We continue to advocate for programs like the Mafanikio program (supporting Black youth through academic coaching and arts and culture) to ensure that they are supported by district leadership.